Windsor Furnace Shelter
Day: 7-2010
Daily Mileage: 6.1
Mileage: 1214.1




Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1216.8Port Clinton, Pa. 19549 (400') 400
1217.5Pa. 61, Port Clinton Avenue (490')? underpass Hamburg, Pa. 19526 490
1220.1Pocahontas Spring (1,200') 1200
1222.7Reservoir Road, Windsor Furnace, Hamburg Reservoir (900') 900
1222.9Windsor Furnace Shelter (940') ?15mS; 9.3mN 940

06/19/10 4:21 pm

Woke up around 5am and took the long walk from the Port Clinton Hotel to 3C's for breakfast. Met up with two other hikers there. Good breakfast and the walk convinced me my feet were a little better. Got back to the hotel (after stopping at the Pavilion just to see the place) and packed up. Hike out of town was steep up hill, but it didn't kick my butt like the previous up hills have.

Stopped at Pocahontas spring for a boots off break and was joined by a troop of boy scouts who were going to camp there for the wilderness survival camp. Watched as they got water from the spring and was entertained by the antics (although I had to stop them from digging a hole at the spring).

Got to the shelter way too early and thought about doing 9.1more to the next shelter, but I know I want to enjoy the overviews coming up and would have to rush if I went today.

Was joined by a father with his young daughter out for a bike ride (yes this is a recreational area) and they offered me Hotdogs, which I of course accepted (First Yogi and the trail). Campfire Ashes made it into the fire as well.

Now just waiting for a good night's sleep.....

Since I have the time I wanted to copy this from the register:

Ran out of supplies about 20 miles back so I got on Route 78 at Midway Diner, I made a sign that stated I would pay anyone $60 for a ride. After 5 hours and a lot of disgusted looks I decided to walk it. As I turned around, much to my chagrin, I was horrified to find out that the establishment I was standing right next to was the 'Adult Super Emporium & Book Store" with s sign that said I was willing to pay anyone 60 bucks for a ride.

signed: Shits + Giggles


What a scream!! Glad it wasn't me!

9:00pm

Wow, I have never seen so many fireflies. It is like the fourth of July!

Also around the shelter: 2 bunnies, a toad and a woodpecker.

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Eckville Shelter
Day: 8-2010
Daily Mileage: 9.1
Mileage: 1223.2


Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1222.9Windsor Furnace Shelter (940') ?15mS; 9.3mN 940
1224Trail to Blue Rocks Campground (1,000') 1000
1224.5Pulpit Rock (1,582')?Observatory, overlook 1582
1226.3Trail to Blue Rocks Campground (1,150') 1150
1226.7The Pinnacle (1,615')?overlook 1615
1228.4Furnance Creek Trail (1,440') 1440
1228.7Gold Spring (1,580') 1580
1229.3Blue-blazed Trail to A.T. at Windsor Furnace (1,420') 1420
1230.2Panther Spring (1,070') 1070
1232Hawk Mountain Road (600') Eckville Shelter?9.3mS; 7.6mN 600

06/20/10 1:43 pm

Got up really early this morning, and since no one was with me in the shelter, I was able to pack up quick and leave. Must have been around 6am or so. Hiked to Pulpit Rock was great and the vista was fantastic. Took many pics here and also visited the Astronomy Park right on the other side of the trail. Hiked onto The Pinnacle. Would love to here the story of the rock pile just before the overlook. Again fantastic views (more pics) and enjoyed the visit with the father, son and son's best friend out for a father's day hike.

Hike from the Pinnacle to here was almost boring. Old wood roads with very little to see, and just a gentle downhill. It seemed a lot longer than it should have.

Got here and already had a shower. 9.1 miles, not bad for a day. Feet feeling better, but knees starting to complain (or maybe they always were, but were drowned out by the feet....who knows?).

Interesting "shelter" but I am glad it is here. Don't think I could make it to the next shelter (tired and it is the hottest day yet).

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Allentown Shelter
Day: 9-2010
Mileage: 7.4 so far today
06/21/10 3:30 pm

Left early once again from the shelter. Hike up not too bad and was worth it with the views from Dan's Pulpit. Could have done without all the rocks after that though. Got here a few hours ago and took a nap. Woke up when the father/son combo from last night arrived. Went to get water...OMG are they kidding! First spring was dry and the backup was straight down hill 1/2 mile!!! Nice shelter (love the bunks) but could it have a closer, reliable water source.

Hope to hike on to Tripoli Campsite after dinner settles. Mac and Cheese with Spam!

P.S. Hiker hunger starting to kick in!!

P.P.S. Having problems getting a cell phone signal to online this log. Should be able to online it when I get near the turnpike tunnel and cell phone tower forest there.

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New Tripoli Campsite
Day: 9-2010
Daily Mileage: 13.5
Mileage: 1236.5




Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1232Hawk Mountain Road (600') Eckville Shelter?9.3mS; 7.6mN 600
1233.7Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Trail (1,330') 1330
1234.8Dans Pulpit (1,600')?trail register, view 1600
1238.1Tri-County Corner (1,560') 1560
1239.4Allentown Hiking Club Shelter (1,350') ?7.6mS; 10mN 1350
1241.3Fort Franklin Road (1,350')?gravel 1350
1243.5Pa. 309, Blue Mountain Summit (1,360') 1360
1245.3New Tripoli Campsite (1,400')?powerline 1400

06/21/10 7:45 pm
My Location: N 40°43'28.46", W 75°47'05.79"
376 m
map it

I was about to cook dinner at the last shelter when 2 guys came and announced "Happy Nude Hiking Day!" and they sort of were except they made a breechclout out of their shirts. (Yes every year the summer solstice has been declared nude hiking day -- and NO I have never participated).

One more thru hiker stopped in to cook dinner while I packed up. It was about 4:15pm when I left. As the nude hikers told me, the trail was easy and almost free of rocks. Set up camp, cleaned off and jumped into the tent due to bugs. Feel good, legs and feet doing ok.

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Bake Oven Knob Shelter
Day: 10-2010
Mileage: 4.1 so far today
06/22/10 11:37 pm

That was THE HARDEST hiking I have ever done. Some great views but you pay for every second.

I do have to note that the locals do not respect what they have at all. The road crossing looks like a dump (trash is purposely piled right under a no littering sign). They have also trashed the knob area as well. It is bad when visitors, in this case hikers, care more than the locals do...SHAME ON YOU!!!

Still debating on going to get water here or not. They say it is as bad as Allentown shelter's water hike.

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George W Outerbridge Shelter
Day: 10-2010
Daily Mileage: 10.1
Mileage: 1247.4


Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1245.3New Tripoli Campsite (1,400')?powerline 1400
1246.3Knife Edge "The Cliffs" (1,525') 1525
1247Bear Rocks (1,604') 1604
1248.4Bake Oven Knob Road (1,450')?dirt 1450
1248.8Bake Oven Knob (1,560') 1560
1249.4Bake Oven Knob Shelter (1,380') ?10mS; 6.8mN 1380
1251.8Ashfield Road, Lehigh Furnace Gap, Ashfield, Pa. (1,320')?radio tower 1320
1252.9South Trail (southern jct.)  
1254South Trail (northern jct.)  
1254.6North Trail (southern jct.) (1,570') ?Lehigh Valley Tunnel of Pa. Turnpike is underneath A.T. 1570
1256.1North Trail (1,550') 1550
1256.2George W. Outerbridge Shelter (1,000') ?6.8mS; 16.8mN 1000

06/22/10 6:15 pm

Two things from the last shelter: I didn't get water at the last shelter, and there is someone else who wears woodbadge beads when he hikes.

Thank god it was overcast, or I would have died with only one qt of water. It was all low scrub with little shade between there and here. Did see a deer on the way, and felt a few drops of rain. Water source here is a good one, so I guzzled about 2qts since my arrival.

Feet hamburger again. Had to pop 2 more blisters on my left foot (at the ball of the foot - my biggest problem area this hole hike. Also my knees got pounded on the rock scrambles earlier in the day...finished off by the downhill to the shelter. Nap after watering up helped.

Plan to get to town tomorrow, clean up, shop (a little short on food, will not make it to Delaware Water Gap with my present supply), eat eat eat and rest.

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